A passenger taken from a stranded cruise ship in Uruguay has tested positive for Covid-19, and nine others on board have developed symptoms.
The remaining crew and passengers of the Greg Mortimer, including 16 New Zealanders, are worried if the Uruguayan authorities continue to refuse their ship to dock and let passengers disembark the number of cases could rise drastically.
In a letter to passengers, cruise line Aurora confirmed the guest who tested positive was in a “stable but critical condition”. While 106 passengers remain in good health, the letter from MD Robert Halfpenny confirmed among those with symptoms was the ship’s doctor who “now has a fever and we are organising a back-up volunteer medic”.
Including the ship’s doctor, the number of suspected cases had risen by three in 24 hours.
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